(Closed) anyone else have an arm obsession?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

what part of your arms?

Post # 5
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

All you have to do is look at Michelle Obama to feel inadequate in that department!  I’ve been doing push ups and tricep dips and adding a set each day for the past month.  I’m now to the point where I can do them quite comfortably for the first time in my life, and while my arms aren’t exactly buff, I feel pretty confident about them ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

I do, but that’s because I really don’t like my arms!  I totally need to tone them up/slim them down before next year!

Post # 7
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I hear you on the arms!  I don’t so much pay attention to everyone else’s arms so much as my own female relatives, in fear it will happen to me. 

I don’t want the flabby wings!  I will do push-ups every day to keep them away.  Whatever it takes.  They scare me!

Post # 8
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

doctorgirl – I hear you! Once I saw Michelle Obama in that marvelous sleeveless purple dress, I looked at my own arms and… felt so totally inadequate. And now we’re eloping in six weeks and I’ve kicked my butt, or rather triceps, into gear. Every morning I’m with the weights in the living room, puffing, "Michelle, Michelle, Michelle" ๐Ÿ™‚


monalisa – try looking on youtube for videos. I’ve found them to be really helpful. The key thing for wedding photos is to tone your triceps. Start with some light weights, two pounds or whatever feels comfortable and build up from there. We women really ought to do more weight training; it’s healthy and looks good in strapless dresses, right? 

Post # 9
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

There is a trick to taking photographs with arms. Make sure that your arm is always away from your body, like resting on your hip. If it is flat against your body, it doesn’t matter how thin you are, it will look fat.

Here is a picture of me at halloween with hand on hip. But there are more subtle ways to accomplish this. If you peruse In Style magazine, you will notice that the actresses have "poses" that they repeat for every red carpet. Notice how they never squish their arms agains their body. 

This is very important to know for your wedding pics. 

But, I am a trainer and I will give you my secret to good arms: light weights 2-3lbs tops.

Start with little, evil arm circles in with your arms in a t but slightly in front of your body. Do 10 one way, 10 the other, then 10 small pulses up and down. Then bend your knees slightly, with a flat back lean slightly foward and put your hands to your sides with your palms facing the ceiling. With straight arms, pulse your arms and inch up and down 30 times. 


I work with celebrities all the time and this does the trick. It’s good to have the weights around the house so that you do this every day. It’s good to do the day of your wedding so that your arms look good in pictures.

The other workout would be pushups on your knees, but with your butt in alignment with your shoulders and knees: 10 pushups.

Then go to your toes for a standard push up and make your arms really really wide for chest pushups. No saggy boobs here!

Finally, go to downward dog and do little pushups with your elboes to the side.

If you really want results, do 20-30 tricep pushups.

Best workout ever!

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Post # 10
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I hear ya! Our weddings are on the same day and I am dying over my arms! they’re not horrible but they’re not great! and thats the only body part shown on my strapless dress so of course I want them rockin’!

We can do it!

Pushups here I come!

Post # 11
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Do some ashtanga vinyasa yoga classes/ power yoga classes or get a video to practice- Brian Kest’s power yoga is great. 

Post # 12
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I totally agree with Lisalu in regards to how to take a pic!!!  I do that all the time (her first halloween pic), and my friend laughs about how I do the "Sorority Arm" in EVERY picture I take.  I honestly have really thin arms already, but have experienced some bad pics when I just let them hang there!

Soo…my advice is keeping working those arms, but no matter what – the day of employ the "Sorority Arm."

I’m sure you’re gonna look wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My trainer told me that diet can help your upper body a lot too.

Post # 14
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am totally with you!  Flabby wing-like arms are the worst!  My recommendation is to do a lot of reps with a low amount of weight.  This way, you tone without adding bulky muscle to your arms.  Good luck!

Post # 15
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If you work out at home, I do a "cheat" tricep dip on my stairs that really helps.  Sit on the first step, and put your arms behind you with elbows to the back, fingers over the front of the stairs.  Then, put your feet out (reverse push-up) and dip.  I typically do 3 sets of 25 and it has made a great difference!

Post # 16
3331 posts
Sugar bee

Just wanted to tell you that you’re not alone in feeling inadequate in the arms department.  Even my 91 year old grandma said the other day that "Michelle made her self conscious in a tank top". ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

I’ve learned to like my arms more.  I still need to work on them, but they’re shaping up a little.  I’m with mambinki–I think yoga has done a lot in terms of shaping my shoulders and biceps, as well as my back.   

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